City Centre

Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 to 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00 
Sun: 10:00
 to 5:00

*Closed Labour Day, Remembrance Day, 
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00 
Fri: 9:00 to 5:00 
Sat: 10:00 to 5:00 
Sun: 12:00 to 5:00 

*Closed all stat holidays and Sundays followed
by a holiday Monday 
Find closure date information


Story Times

We offer fun story time programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. Storytelling and songs help your child's language development, and the group setting allows you and your children to socialize with others. Join us and share some special time with your child.

•  See the Summer 2018 Story Time schedules at the City Centre branch 

•  See the Summer 2018 Story Time schedules at the Poirier branch 

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Fall Story Time Schedule

Check out our Fall 2018 Story Time schedules for the Poirier and City Centre branches.

Burke Mountain Fire Hall Story Time

Join us Fridays for our newest story time along with our regular Friday Library Link visit to Burke Mountain Fire Hall. Story times will be from 1:30 - 2:00 pm.

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Stargazing at Poirier Branch

Poirier Branch, Parking Lot
575 Poirier Street
Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm and
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Join astronomer Bill Burnyeat for a chance to view the heavens through a telescope, and learn about the night sky. For children, teens and adults. Families welcome. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we will move indoors to the Nancy Bennett Room, where Bill will provide a talk and slide-show.

To register, call 604-937-4142 or e-mail cmiller@coqlibrary.ca with the names of those attending, the date when you would like to come, and a phone number at which we can reach you.

Pro-D Day Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137 Poirier Branch, Nancy Bennett Room
1169 Pinetree Way
575 Poirier Street

Friday, September 21, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

The first Harry Potter book was released in North America 20 years ago. Celebrate the anniversary with a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Wear a costume for a chance to win prizes! At the City Centre Branch, after the screening, join us for Harry Potter-themed activities in and around our program rooms. Priority given to school-aged kids. 

Registration not required - just drop in. 

Feel the Beat: BC Culture Days

City Centre Branch
1169 Pinetree Way
Saturday, September 29, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon of drumming performances in celebration of BC Culture Days. Performances will include Korean and Chinese drummers.

All ages are welcome. Kids can also enjoy interactive First Nations drumming workshops. See our performance schedule.

Registration is not needed--just drop in!

Family Story Time

City Centre Branch, Room 137
1169 Pinetree Way
Sunday, September 30, 1:00 - 1:30 pm

For children under 6 years old

Join us for family story time and enjoy songs, stories and rhymes for children ages birth to six years old. Then, stay for the Municipal All-Candidates Meet, Greet and Eat event immediately afterwards. 

Thanksgiving Story Time

City Centre Branch, Room 137
1169 Pinetree Way

Monday, October 8, 11:00 - 11:30 am

Parents and children aged birth to six years old are invited to spend quality family time together enjoying songs, stories and rhymes. No registration necessary - just drop in.

Club D: Make and Create

City Centre Branch, Computer Lab
1169 Pinetree Way
Saturdays, September 22 - November 10, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Want to create your own crazy animations, simulations and games? Join the friendly Club Diginista instructors -- Colleen and Rana -- for an eight-week coding adventure. For girls aged 9 to 12.

Registration required. To reserve a spot, call the library at 604-554-7334.

This program is a partnership between Coquitlam Public Library and Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities.

Lego Robotics with Robokids

City Centre Branch, Room 137
1169 Pinetree Way
Saturdays, October 13 - November 3, 1:00 - 2: 00 pm

Learn how to build and operate a Lego machine with the help of a Robokids instructor! For kids in grades 1, 2 and 3. Registration required. To register, call 604-554-7334.

Kids Introduction to Entrepreneurship

City Centre Branch, Room 137
1169 Pinetree Way
Tuesdays, October 16 - November 6, 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Learn how to channel your creativity into something real through this program from Build a Biz Kids. As you work towards developing a basic business plan, you will see how your crazy ideas could change the world! For kids aged 7 to 9. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, please call 604-554-7339.

This program is a partnership between Coquitlam Public Library and Build a Biz Kids.

Pyjama Story Time on Burke Mountain

Smiling Creek Activity Centre
3456 Princeton Avenue
Thursday Evenings, October 11 - December 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Pyjama Story Time, 6:30 - 7:00 pm

Join us for a bedtime story at the new Smiling Creek Actvity Centre. Bring your family for a fun, no cost evening of crafts, games and active play in the gym. Make yourself at home at Burke Mountain's newest hang out. All ages welcome.

Visit our mobile Library Link monthly on October 11, November 1 and December 6, 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Parent-Child Persian Mother Goose Program

MotherGooselogoforwebCity Centre Branch, Room 127
1169 Pinetree Way
Tuesdays, October 2 – November 20, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This program is in Farsi and English and is for parents and children aged birth to five-years-old. Learn how to use songs, rhymes and stories to help your child develop language and pre-reading skills. Register online. NOTE: Parents need to register their children and themselves separately; use the "Add More People" button to register your children.

For more information, please call Fatemeh at 604-468-6023 or Jila Firouzmandi at 604-937-4142.

Play & Learn at Coquitlam Centre

Play & Learn at Coquitlam CentreJoin us at Coquitlam Centre mall for Play & Learn story times, songs and crafts! Location: the lower level in front of the Bay Time: the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 pm


All Aboard for Kindergarten

All Aboard for Kindergarten booksA checklist of 100 picture books for parents and their kindergarten-age children to enjoy. With 10 different categories, including: Funny Stories, My Family and Me, Animal Stories, and School Stories. Some books will be for fun, some will help you start a discussion, and all will help your child learn to love reading!
Click here for your copy and hop on board the reading train!


Learning at the Library

The Coquitlam Public Library offers homework help programs for children. Click on the links for schedules and registration.
  • Reading Buddies
  • This program pairs teens in high school with kids in grades 1 through 4. Sessions run in the fall (October / November), the winter (February / March) and the summer (July / August) at both branches of the Library. It's a great way for kids to practice reading.
  • Homework Help Club
  • Teen tutors provide instructional assistance to kids in elementary or middle school who are struggling with their homework. Sessions run in the fall and spring. Kids must bring homework assignments on any subject to meetings. Teens will provide explanations and/or instructions to the best of their ability.

  • Computer Buddies
  • Teenaged tutors help kids in grades 3, 4 and 5 improve their computer skills. The program uses the Computer Lab at the City Centre Branch..
  • Parlez-Nous Francais
  • Improve your French in the Library's after-school French homework and conversation club! French immersion students in elementary or middle school are invited to practice with French-speaking volunteers from high school. Kids should bring homework assignments, or come prepared to work on their French conversation skills.


    Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library

    Family ReadingEarly literacy workshops for parents and caregivers of newborns to six-year-olds.


    TumblerTry Tumblebooks for kids. Includes read-alongs, eBooks, videos, puzzles, games and nonfiction books for preschoolers.

    To access from home, click the link above. Beside 'Tumblebooks' click 'Login required' to log in with your library barcode (no spaces) and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) then click the 'Tumblebooks' link.

    biblioEnfants_4Essayez BiblioEnfants pour les enfants d'âge préscolaire.
    Ici vous trouverez des livres numériques, des vidéos, des casse-têtes, et des jeux.

    Tri-Cities Community Resource Map

    community services familyThe Tri-Cities community resource map for families is now available in English, Chinese, Farsi and Korean.

    Produced by the Early Childhood Development Committee and the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee, this map lists community centres in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. Organizations include libraries, health services, family drop-in programs, food banks, and ELSA providers.

    The map also lists phone numbers for many community services including parent support, English language practice and literacy help, as well as local parks and recreation centres.


    Library Locations
    Poirier Branch
    575 Poirier Street
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3J 6A9

    City Centre Branch
    1169 Pinetree Way
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3B 0Y1
    604-554-READ (7323)